3 Ways to Dress Fashionably

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Lay the Groundwork

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    Organize your wardrobe.

    Get out all your clothes and decide which ones you want and don’t want. Donate, sell, and a top tip you could host your own boot sale, with anything that you haven’t worn in a year, doesn’t fit or isn’t your style.

    • If you haven’t worn it in a year, you won’t miss it. Thinking, “I could need this one day!” will leave you thinking you have nothing to wear for most. Clean it out. Someone else could second-love your things.
    • If you have loads of items that don’t fit anymore, don’t keep them all to be hopeful. Keep a few of your favorites, but pitch the rest. A closet full of clothes that don’t fit can be very de-motivating.


    Veronica Tharmalingam is a personal stylist based in Los Angeles and Paris. She has over 10 years of experience crafting stylish wardrobes for men and women.

    Veronica Tharmalingam

    Veronica Tharmalingam
    Professional Stylist

    Organization can help you create your stylish looks. Professional stylist, Veronica Tharmalingam, tells us: “If you have your jeans, pants, and leggings all in one place, then you have your casual t-shirts, and your dressy tops all stored in an organized way, it makes it so much easier to pull stuff out to put a look together. Otherwise, you end up staring with panic into your closet or dresser and saying “I have nothing to wear!”

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    Know your body type.

    And dress for it. The most fashionable items in the world right now won’t look good on you if you don’t have the right body type for it. It does not mean you’re too fat, too thin, too tall, or too short. You just don’t have the optimal shape for that cut.

    • Dispose of everything that doesn’t fit you right. And you’ll know. If your silhouette isn’t quite what it could be, odds are you don’t wear it.
    • When you go shopping, keep your body type in mind. For most women, it’s ideal to draw in at the waist and elongate the leg. If you get stuck, you can always ask a sales professional; it’s their job to help you look good.
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    Take a good look in the mirror.

    Try to look at yourself as objectively as possible. Pick things about your physical appearance that you like and dislike. What do you want to disguise? What do you want to emphasize? What’s your coloring?

    • It’s important to figure out the answers to these questions before you go shopping so you know what to buy! If you haven’t a clue, shopping for a new wardrobe can be very intimidating.

Method 2

Find Your Fashion

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    Know your style.

    What do you like? Do you want to incorporate trendy items into your wardrobe, or do you prefer a classic look? Do you have hipster tendencies? Want to be a professional? Being fashionable does not mean adhering to a specific look. It means finding what you’re comfortable in and running with it.

    • Spend time flipping through catalogs or surfing websites that feature and sell clothes. There are tons of different pieces that will look phenomenal on you–it’s just a matter of finding them.
    • Find out what other people are wearing. You don’t a have to necessarily be a fashion clone to be pretty. Maybe you could see what ‘she’s’ wearing and transform it into your style.
    • Ultimately, clothes that you love and feel good in will be worn more confidently by you. It has less to do with today’s fashion and more to do with how you present yourself, though both are intertwined.
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    Consider context.

    Where you live, where you go and what you do are major factors in dressing fashionably. If you wear a ballgown to the office, that is not fashionable; if you wear a business suit to the prom, likewise. Think about what kind of clothing is appropriate for the things you’re going to be doing.

    • Fashion varies area to area. What’s popular on a runway in Milan may not have made it to the streets of Chicago. Whatever fashion you’re aiming for, tap into its sources. Finding what you love and what looks good on you is imperative, regardless of where it’s from or who originated it.

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Make It Happen

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    Start shopping.

    The best thing to do is to buy long-lasting pieces that will retain their class throughout the seasons. Fashion changes extremely quickly! Don’t fill your wardrobe with things that won’t be appropriate the same time next year; you’ll just regret buying it. Every women needs half a dozen items that are staples in her wardrobe. Find yours.

    • In the context of what flatters your body, find a handful of your favorite, variable pieces. A classic white button-down, a favorite pair of flatteringly-cut jeans, boots, cinched-waist skirt and a sweater, for starters. You can mix and match these items all you want for dozens of different looks.
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    Shop more.

    Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to have fun! Buy some great shoes, cute accessories and get a haircut! Bright purple leather trench looks too tacky? A handbag in the same style will be fantastic.

    • After all, the devil’s in the details. Accessories and hairstyles are the parts that show your sassy side the easiest. So cut out that celeb ‘do from that magazine and head on over to the salon. Might as well get your nails done while you’re at it.
    • Note the ol’ adage, “Put on your accessories, then take off one before leaving.” And it rings true: accessories are great–but a necklace, bracelet, earrings, rings, watch, sunglasses, and hat are a bit much. Pair a couple of accessories with each outfit; don’t go overboard.
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    Ask someone else to go shopping with you.

    It’s always good to have an outsider’s perspective, especially a friend to make the time pass by more quickly. Bring along someone who can give you well-formulated critiques regarding your clothes. The image we see in the mirror isn’t always how we really look!

    • Take everyone’s perspective with a grain of salt. Her style is her style, not yours. But if she absolutely adores something on you and you don’t see it, take a moment to look. Wait a minute to see if you can find what she sees. Your mind may open up to a brand new style.

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    How can I look good without too much effort?

    In the summer, wear shorts and a loose tank with a flannel shirt tied around the waist. This is comfy, stylish, and makes you look good without trying too hard. In the winder, opt for some black or chestnut boots, leggings or flatteringly-cut jeans, and a sweater (big if you are wearing it with leggings; fitted if you wear it with jeans). Opt for nude makeup; natural-looking eyeshadow with a slight shimmer is perfect. Also, wear a light sheen of lip gloss or tinted lip balm.

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    What can I wear with a white skirt?

    White is considered a neutral color, so you can pair any color you like with it. If the skirt is plain, consider pairing it with a fancier shirt. If the skirt is fancy, consider pairing it with a plain shirt. This will keep your outfit balanced, and prevent it from looking too busy. As for shoes, consider heels in white, black, or nude.

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    My mom still buys my clothing for me, but doesn’t exactly have the best fashion sense. What can I do?

    Ask if you could start choosing your clothes because you want to be more independent.

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    What type of clothes should I buy?

    Leggings and jeans are pretty good ideas. Denim shorts and skirts also are good. Shirts and tank tops that fit well are great, too.

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    What do you wear if you’re on a budget but still want to look cute?

    Shop vintage and thrift stores, and look for sales. Look for staple pieces that you can get on sale at the end of a season for wear the next year. Spend your money wisely; don’t spend much on fad pieces. Instead, make sure the bulk of your clothing budget goes toward well made, timeless pieces you’ll be able to wear for years.

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    What if I don’t have any friends who have a good sense in style? My friends are not very stylish.

    Why does this matter? You can worry about your own fashion sense and still be a good friend to people who have a great deal many other qualities than obsession with their appearance. If you would rather have friends who are only going to think about style sense, then you risk having a friendship based only on how each of you presents yourself to the world. If that’s what you’re after, then ditch your current friends and find the ones with fashion sense; if not, simply accept that they are who they are and you each have interests that are important to you but not so important that they overshadow the friendships.

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    How can I select the right outfits?

    Consider your complexion first. Then, consider your favourite colours. For example, a girl with a dark hazel complexion will look fabulous in maroon or wine or dark red shades and black. After the colour selection, go for the shape of your body. Always check the appearance and the feel together because you must be sure that you’re comfortable as well as looking great.

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    How should I do my hair if I’m wearing Vans/Converse, skinny jeans, and a loose top?

    Try doing a loose ponytail or a messy bun, or just leave your hair down!

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    Please describe a cute winter outfit?


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    You could wear tights with a loose sweater. Though always, make sure the slacks are darker than the shirt. Opt for a fashionable vintage trench coat, and try investing in some leather boots.

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    How can I dress fashionably for class?

    If you don’t have to wear a uniform, try generating your own style by looking through fashion magazines for inspiration. You can easily create your own look while still abiding by your dress code.

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  • Confidence is key. If you don’t have confidence, nobody will admire your look. You have to believe in yourself, then everybody else will too.
  • Be you! If you like something but someone else doesn’t, don’t fret. They have no right to say what you can and can’t like. Remember your honest friend, though. There’s a difference between something that fits you horribly and something that’s just a difference in style.
  • Try places like bargain stores and emporiums for jewelry; they have great stuff for great prices!
  • Flick through magazines and find a style icon you can be inspired by. Stars need to always look good as they are constantly followed!
  • Remember you can always make old things new. If you have sweet sewing skills, put them into place! Never be afraid to stand out by being unique. Setting trends is always fashionable.
  • Wear dark colors in winter, and bright and trendy clothes in summer.
  • Don’t be afraid to show who you really are!
  • Mint is a color that matches with anything, be it tan, pink, blue, white, or any other color!
  • If you have something patterned on, make sure that you have at least one base colored accessory(s).
  • Don’t wear outfits that have designs that are too busy or aren’t what you like to wear, even if someone says it’s trendy.


  • Don’t ever wear something that doesn’t make you feel beautiful. If you feel uncomfortable, everyone can see that. Being fashionable is being confident.
  • Do not try to coordinate your makeup to your outfit. It sounds like a good idea, but it’s not. EX: pink shirt, pink makeup. Instead, try choosing makeup which compliments your eye color.
  • Clothes do not look cooler the more you show your skin. It’s fine to show some skin, but clothes do not have to have plunging v-neck necklines or be midriff bearing to be attractive. Leave something to the imagination.

Article SummaryX

To dress fashionably, choose clothes that you feel confident in, even if they’re not super trendy, since you’ll look better if you feel confident. Also, look online for celebrities or fashion bloggers who have a similar body shape to you and a style that you like, and try replicating some of their outfits. You should also try to buy classic pieces that you can mix and match with a lot of outfits so you get more use out of them. For tips on how to go shopping for fashionable clothing, scroll down!

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This article was co-authored by Veronica Tharmalingam. Veronica Tharmalingam is a personal stylist based in Los Angeles and Paris. She has over 10 years of experience crafting stylish wardrobes for men and women.

Categories: Fashion Styles

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